quote by Muhammad Ali

I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.

— Muhammad Ali

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This life is not real. I conquered the world and it did not bring me satisfaction.


Put yourself out on a limb, sucka, like me! - young Cassius Clay to heavily favored thug Sonny Liston during the weigh in before Cassius wins his first title and changes his name to Muhammad Ali.

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It isn't the mountains that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.

The will must be stronger than the skill.

Only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone and hospitalized a brick.


Cassius Clay must be beaten and the Black Muslims' scourge removed from boxing.

If Ali says a mosquito can pull a plow, don't ask how. Hitch him up.

Every time I look in the mirror, God looks back.

He [Cassius Clay] became a Black Muslim, which is a pseudo-religion for unbright neurotics who feel the need to hate all white people.

If they ever let me in the ring with him [Cassius Clay], I'm liable to be put away for murder.


Love is a net that catches hearts like a fish

Every time I look in the mirror, I see that kid from Louisville, Kentucky, staring back at me. His name was Cassius Clay.

The world’s champ should be pretty like me!

Put yourself out on a limb, sucka, like me!

Now you see me, now you don't. George thinks he will, but I know he won't!


Cassius Clay is a name that white people gave to my slave master.

Now that I am free, that I don't belong anymore to anyone, that I'm not a slave anymore, I gave back their white name, and I chose a beautiful African one.

Never put your money against Cassius Clay, for you will never have a lucky day.

I did not take the name, I just named myself Cassius Clay, this is a honorable, Mohammed Ali, given to me by my religious leader and teacher, the Honorable Elijah Mohammed, and I would like to say that Mohammed means in Arabic "one who is worthy of praise" and one praiseworthy, and Ali means the most High, but the slave name Clay meant dirt with no ingredients.

When I heard the truth about my name was not Cassius Clay, like I knew a black man in America named John Hawkins. Now, you know who John Hawkins was.He was a slave trader from England. But the white people of that time, if one had five slaves and his name was Jones, they would be called Jones' property. [...] Now that I'm free, now that I'm no longer a slave, then I want a name of my ancestors.

Wisdom is knowing when you can't be wise.


If you want it, boys, get it here, thing.

Some make you sing and some make you scream.

One makes you wish that you'd never been seen. But there's a shop on the corner that's selling papier mache, making bullet-proof faces, Charlie Manson, Cassius Clay. If you want it, boys, get it here, thing.